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IU women toss aside Nebraska in Big Ten opener

Runaway victory over the folks from Lincoln

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament - Semifinals
IU’s Aleksa Gulbe reaches for a loose ball in a Big Ten Tournament game on March 7.
Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

It’s been a tough go in the Southeastern Conference this month, but Indiana’s run through the Big Ten is off to a good start.

Propelled by double-doubles from Kiandra Browne and Aleksa Gulbe, the Hoosiers ran away with an 81-45 victory over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Gulbe was in double figures (13) by the end of the first quarter, pacing an IU side that created separation through an early 15-0 run. Gulbe finished 7-for-10 from the field and added 12 rebounds, while Browne posted 12 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Mackenzie Holmes added 16 points for the Hoosiers, who won their league opener for the third consecutive season. That’s the program’s longest streak since 1994.

IU got after it defensively, holding the Cornhuskers to 27% shooting from the field while outrebounding the visitors 61-35 — including a 23-7 effort on the offensive glass. Thirteen Hoosiers saw the floor, with IU’s bench accounting for a season-high 30 points on the day.

Up next is a trip to Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon. That game will tip off at 2 p.m. Eastern on Big Ten Network Plus.